“Bettor Pay!” Swindler hubby doubles down on default

The “Bettor Pay” part of the headline comes from the Daily News. I’m rather proud of the “husband doubles down” segment since I made it up myself. (I must be spending too much time reading the Daily News.)

The story is entirely from the Daily News. I could never have made this up. And let it be a warning to (a) men who con their wives out of $700,000 for what they say are gambling debts, but aren’t; and (b) the same sort of men who are thereupon sued by their (ex) wives for all that money but who fail to respond to the exes’ lawsuit. Oh, and warning to any wife who takes pity on a “former tanning salon worker” husband claiming gambling debts and hands over that kind of money: What? and Don’t!

A former tanning salon worker who allegedly swindled his wife out of more than $700,000 has gotten burned, big time.

A Manhattan judge on Wednesday ordered a default judgment against Steven Lalicata after he couldn’t be bothered to respond to his estranged wife Candice’s $10 million lawsuit against him.

A hearing will be scheduled for later this year for state Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh to determine how much Lalicata will have to pay for allegedly conning his wife out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lalicata said that when they lived together on the Upper East Side, he needed the money for “gambling debts” but actually was spending the money on a mistress and at strip clubs.

The wife, Candice Lalicata, had the story’s best line, which I’ve bolded to better catch your eye:

“He was throwing $100 bills around in the Riviera” on Steinway St. in Queens, and also frequented another club called Perfections, Candice Lalicata told the Daily News.

“I would have had more respect for him if he had gone to decent strip clubs with better-looking strippers,” she said.

The question that does pop into our inquiring minds is: if this guy’s main jobs were working on tans and conning his wife, from where is the swindled wife going to collect the judgment? I sure hope she has a solid 401-K.

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